Maureen Johnson

West Covina, CA

Independent Luxury Travel Specialist

My fascination with Spain began when I started studying Spanish at the age of 12. Learning the language opened the door of discovery to a new culture rich with unique people, foods, and experiences. This launched my lifelong journey of exploration, leading me to earning a degree in foreign languages. 

I spent a year living in Spain for my studies, exploring languages and countries beyond Spain, including Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and more.  My thirst for learning about other countries and cultures has continued as an adult and expanded to include more exotic locals such as Morocco, Peru, and Tahiti.

I find that the key to creating unforgettable experiences is the relationship you make along the way.  That is why throughout my travels, I have established meaningful relationships with people all over the world who are passionate about their home and sharing it with visitors.  This has afforded me the opportunity to provide my clients with unique experiences designed to be authentic to the cultures and experiences of each destination.

One of my most favorite things to focus on during my travels, and those of my clients, is cuisine.  The heart of a culture can be found in its food, which is why I recommend at least one special food experience everywhere you go.  From the unique but lesser-known wineries of Germany to truffle hunting in France, olive farms in Spain and cheese making dairies in Italy, food experiences are fun and tasty ways to explore how the locals really live.

I also have a passion for art and history, and in Europe and the Mediterranean, we are generally talking about hundreds of thousands of years of both.  As your agent, I will get to know you and your interests to recommend the right balance of art, history, and fun to include in your custom itinerary.  Maybe it is exploring ancient Roman ruins, perhaps you want to experience the Socialist Realism art movement prevalent during the cold war.  Allow me to share my personal recommendations for the best castles to explore, where you can find pre-historic cave art, or combine it all in centuries old spas that are still operating today.

For those who have seen their fill of Europe, I cannot recommend enough the adventure and excitement that is Morocco.  I started my own love affair with this special country only about ten years ago, and it has truly stolen my heart.  Culturally ancient and fully modern, Morocco is a country of beautiful contradictions.  In one moment, see the authentic ancient Roman ruins, the next “fake” ancient city movie sets in the desert.  Travel by luxury car with air conditioning to the Sahara Desert, only to ride a camel as the sun sets fire to the sands. The ancient city of Marrakech, famous for its thousand-year-old medina of shops, contrasts amazingly with the more modern Casablanca, whose heart is its incredible Mosque completed in 1993.  Let me help you design a unique itinerary featuring Morocco or adding it to an exploration of other European stops.

As Americans, we are pulled to these wonderfully older countries to see a contrast from what we have at home.  Buildings built before any European had stepped foot on the American continent, food cultures that continue unchanged for a thousand years, art that many of our own artists have studied to build upon.  My job is to bring these stories to life for you and your family, matching your idea of perfectly balanced adventure, exploration, relaxation, and fun.  Give me a call, your next discovery awaits!

Testimonials From Satisfied Customers

Overlooking the Kasbah in Morocco
Overlooking the Kasbah in Morocco

"Maureen listened to our requests & fulfilled our upcoming trip." Louis A.

"Maureen was knowledgeable about Germany. She asked a number of good questions in order to understand my interests. She also properly set expectations." Dennis G. 

"I just wanted to send a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip to Spain and Portugal.  Everything you planned was on time and handled by very professional guides and drivers.  There really isn’t anything that we can think of to improve or change." Steve G.

"Thank you Maureen. We LOVED our trip to Spain and Portugal! Thanks for arranging a great adventure for us." Mike U.

"I want you to know what a wonderful time we had and how much we appreciate your attention to detail." John A.

My Travel Albums

Eating my way through Spain 2022
Churros and Chocolate at San Gines in Madrid
Spain 2022: Northern Images
Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona

My Reviews

2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Always available. Good local spots.
Five or more trips.
By  Keith  from  Manhattan Beach, CA
Traveled to  Vienna ~ Austria ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Many great trips
Outstanding attention to detail, responsive, and knows what we like!
By  George and Patti  from  San Pedro, California
Traveled to  Paris ~ France ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Maureen Johnson responded:
Thanks George and Patti. I love working with you and look forward to more trips in the coming year!

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So very knowledgeable.
Maureen was always available whenever I needed her and I had a LOT of questions.
By  SusieQ!  from  Florida, NY
Traveled to  Yellowstone National Park ~ Wyoming ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Maureen Johnson responded:
Thanks Susan. Looking forward to another great year and another great trip! Maureen

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful
Fantastic trip!!!
Maureen provided excellent service; took care of everything. All we needed to do was get to the airport and enjoy our trip!
By  Kathy   from  LaVerne
Traveled to  Scotland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Maureen Johnson responded:
Thanks Kathy! Glad we could make your first retirement trip a hit.

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Destination Expert:

  • Spain
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Morocco

Travel Specialist:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Food & Wine
  • Luxury
  • Independent Travel
  • Family Vacations

Top Travel Partners:

  • Kensington Tours
  • SITA World Tours
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Tauck
  • Avalon Waterways

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